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Slavery & Freedom in Maryland

A guide to the history of slavery in Maryland leading up to the Civil War, using materials from the University of Maryland Special Collections in Hornbake Library.

Maryland State Law

The Maryland Room houses a variety of resources on early Maryland Law, including court cases, state constitutional laws, committee debates, and other official legislation from the state government.  If you are looking for a reference to a specifc law or legal issue, it may help to identify a range of years and begin looking at reports or laws published during that time.  

To search sources of early Maryland law available in the Maryland Room, use the College Park Advanced Search and use the limit location to Marylandia & Rare Books. 

Next, enter your keyword, author, or other search terms.  For example, type "maryland law" into the all fields option. Finally, enter the desired year or range of years using the year/s search option to retrieve materials from early Maryland history.

You may also consult the list below for a selection of titles related to early Maryland law.

Image: Cover, Report of the Committee on the Coloured Population, of answers of the president of the Colonization Society of Maryland, in obedience to the order adopted by the House of Delegates, on the 4th of January, 1841.

Maryland Law Resources

The following is a selection of print sources on early Maryland state laws.  Click on a link to view the full catalog record.  

Online Sources

Use the links below to find sources of Maryland state law that have been digitized and made available online.